Greg Baker
Dr. Greg Baker, Superintendent

Meet Dr. Baker

Dr. Greg Baker became superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools in July 2010. Now in his eighth year as Bellingham’s superintendent, he got to know our school system and community through a comprehensive Entry Plan process. This provided part of the foundation for the development of The Bellingham Promise. In spring 2014, Dr. Baker earned Washington state’s Crystal Apple Award, presented to an individual who has given tirelessly of themselves to enhance positive stakeholder perceptions of K-12 public schools. He received this honor in recognition of his commitment to inclusive and transparent communications and The Bellingham Promise. Prior to Bellingham, he served as a deputy superintendent for Portland Public Schools. He has also served as an intern and special assistant to the superintendent of Boston Public Schools and as an administrator for Spokane Public Schools. He began his career in Alaska as a teacher and assistant coach. Dr. Baker received his doctorate from Harvard University; a master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University; and a master’s degree in secondary education from Western Washington University. He earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction from Gonzaga University. He and his wife live in Bellingham with their three children, who attend Bellingham Public Schools.

Entry Plan

Dr. Greg Baker engaged students, families, staff and community members in numerous discussions about our schools’ strengths, challenges and opportunities for improvement through his “Listening and Learning” Entry Plan since he started as our new superintendent in July 2010.

Please click here to watch an 8-minute video of Dr. Baker sharing his Entry Plan learnings in January 2011.

Please click here to watch a 4-minute video of some of our kindergarten teachers sharing their thoughts about full-time kindergarten for all, one of the initiatives in Dr. Baker’s Entry Plan Report to the Community.

Introducing Superintendent Greg Baker

An introduction video about Doctor Greg Baker

Walking in the Shoes of
Watch as Dr. Baker spends a day with a student from each grade level during the 2013-14 school year.

Walking in the Shoes of Our Staff…

Watch as Dr. Baker spends a day with different staff members throughout the district during the 2014-15 school year.


Walking in the Shoes of Students in Special Circumstances….

Watch as Dr. Baker spends a day with students with special circumstances during the 2015-16 school year.



July 2016 

Dr. Baker was honored by the Rotary Club of Bellingham with the Karen W. Morse Vocational Service Award.

June 2015

Dr. Baker received an award of merit in the category of Publications and Electronic Media from the National School Public Relations Association for his video, Walking in the Shoes of…

May 2015 

Dr. Baker received recognition for his blog from the Washington School Public Relations Association (WSPRA). His blog earned Best in Category at the 2015 awards ceremony.

June 2014

Dr. Baker was recognized by MomsRising in June 2014 for his work in developing an innovative kindergarten transition program and his dedication to Washington’s littlest learners. Learn more about early childhood education in Bellingham Public Schools.

May 2014

The Washington School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) awarded Superintendent Baker with the Crystal Apple Award. Dr. Baker received this honor in recognition of his commitment to inclusive and transparent communications and The Bellingham Promise.





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